Joint development improves Steam Deck performance with AMD and Valve

On the software front, companies are also coming together to get the most out of their portable PCs.

One of the big announcements in July was Steam Deck, the first handheld console from Steam store operator Valve, which is actually an AMD-based portable PC: a machine running SteamOS on Linux with an eight-core Zen 2 CPU and 8 computing units, 16 It comes with RDNA 2 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.

And with that, it will be particularly strong in its own genre, but according to a recent report, AMD and Valve believe there is still room for improvement in performance by honing the software.

A Phonorix you know that manufacturers are now working together on a new CPU driver for Linux that optimizes processor frequency scaling. This is necessary because the ACPI CPUFreq driver currently used by Zen 2 is not efficient enough in terms of power-proportional power consumption with modern AMD platforms.

And this can be a particular problem for devices like the Steam Deck, which runs on a 40Whr built-in battery. The new, CPPC-based scaling, on the other hand, can improve efficiency, and perhaps not just for a Valve machine.

AMD is also said to report in detail on the development in the September 15-17 X.Org developer conference.

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